Ideas in the U.S. Since 1865

1781 [CRN: 25666]

This course treats aspects of both the intellectual and cultural history of the United States since the Civil War. Efforts will be made not only to comprehend the ideas of major thinkers, but also trends in the general culture that entail changes and continuities in values, attitudes, and behaviors. It will explore how historical changes have inspired ideas, and how those ideas have helped to shape history. Major themes include Darwinism, Victorianism, pragmatism, progressivism, pluralism, modernity, corporate capitalism, environmentalism, the beats, and the Sixties. M
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